Child Champions in Lebanon tell us about their country.
Lebanon is located in the transcontinental region of the Middle East and is bordered by Syria and Israel. Home to a diverse population comprising various ethnic and religious groups, it is known for its ancient cedar forests, a moderate climate, and remarkable cuisine. But an influx of refugees has created competition in the labor market and has strained Lebanese resources, making a significant impact on the economy.
In recent years, a series of economic crises have caused Lebanon to fall rapidly into poverty. Families struggle with high unemployment, low wages, malnutrition, poor sanitation, and inadequate housing. Children often bear the brunt of these challenges — many become victims of child labor, with girls being forced to marry early to remove the burden of their care from their families. Access to utilities like electricity is limited, and alternatives such as generators are too expensive. And with the emphasis of assistance going to large cities, outlying areas suffer.
Education is another issue among families. In Lebanese culture, citizens place a high value on education. So, for them to be able to send their children to a quality place of learning means a great deal. In larger households where resources are scarce, children often have to take turns eating meals because there is not enough food for everyone. Many of these families will make sacrifices and do without just to ensure their children can attend class.
The future lies with Lebanon’s children, but one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome in showing them the way to a better tomorrow is changing the mindset in their homes that may say hygiene practices are unneeded and violence is an appropriate response during interactions. If the children in Lebanon are to thrive, they must be taught a better way.
Our Work in Lebanon
Child Champions at OneChild Hope Centers, who are experts at making children feel safe and special, serve as loving role models. They are intentional about the ways they express God’s love and make sure every child, regardless of their religious background, feels acknowledged and appreciated. Child Champions also contribute to children’s education and provide the academic opportunities they will need to succeed as adults. By offering children quality schooling and life-changing resources like health care and good nutrition, OneChild is giving kids a chance to fulfill their full potential and become the people they were meant to be.
In some Hope Centers, this looks like supplying cows so that children have milk. In other communities, it looks like outfitting classrooms with an emergency power supply. But whatever the blessing, God’s love shines through, letting children know that they are capable, valuable, and deserving of a brighter future.
We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.
Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)